Cafe Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Explore café kitchen decorating ideas, and get ready to create a welcoming, casual and attractive design in your kitchen space.
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HGTV fan Recaptured Charm, loves the cafe - bistro look and choose to decorate with a canopy over the window.

By: Sean McEvoy
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If you're interested in designs that offer the casual, relaxed vibe of a local coffee shop or café, you can explore a wide range of café kitchen decorating ideas in Tuscan, Mediterranean, Italian and French themes, and borrow some of their welcoming, sit-down-and-stay-awhile spirit for your kitchen.

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A Cashmere Throw

“You can splurge on this whisper-soft cashmere throw, and it’s worth it. Tossed on the bed, a sofa, or a reading chair, it will last—and look chic—forever.” —Christina El Moussa, Flip or Flop. Solid throws, $249 each, williams-sonoma.com

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A Gooseneck Faucet

“A kitchen faucet is not the place to be wacky. You want something trend-proof that holds up to daily use—and abuse—and complements a wide range of styles. This stainless steel number nails it, and the built-in motion sensor is really cool.” —Jonathan Scott, Property Brothers. Moen Haysfield pulldown kitchen faucet with MotionSense, $398, homedepot.com

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A Storage Coffee Table

“Because it’s seriously pared down—it’s just raw wood and blackened steel—this table can swing from simple to sophisticated. Plus the top pops up to reveal extra storage—something every room needs.” —Scott McGillivray, Income Property. Rustic Storage 36"W x 26"D x 17 3/4"H mango wood and steel table, $549, westelm.com

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Parsons Chairs

“These clean-lined chairs fit in anywhere, from a farmhouse to a penthouse. Switch up the upholstery—try a rich fabric like leather or velvet—and they transform from quiet to luxe.” —Cari Cucksey, Cash & Cari. Couture chairs, from $239 each, ballarddesigns.com

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A Blown Glass Lamp

“This lamp’s subtle imperfections are its selling point. It’s handblown, so it has a one-of-a-kind artisanal appeal, which makes a room feel less cookie-cutter.” —Tiffany Brooks, HGTV Smart Home 2014. Eva lamp with cotton-linen shade, $99, potterybarn.com

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A Ticking Stripe Pillow

“A pillow in ticking stripes is a perennial winner that mixes well with most patterns and solids. This one comes in a bunch of fresh colors—how fun is sherbet orange?” —Jennifer Berno, style/home director. Pretty Perfect Home Retro Striped 13" x 21" polyester lumbar pillow, $43, zazzle.com

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Acrylic Tables

“These transparent nesting tables are the ultimate neutral—they visually disappear and won’t interfere with even the most out-there color palette. And nothing’s better in small spaces than almost-invisible furniture.” —Sabrina Soto, The High Low Project. Peekaboo nesting tables, $199 for a set of 3, cb2.com

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Mint Julep Cups

“With a design that traces back to the country’s first silversmiths, this sleek cup has staying power—and unlimited uses. I love having various sizes for flowers or as silvery accents on a shelf.” —Sara Peterson, editor in chief. Silver-plated brass julep cups, from $6.50 each, jamaligarden.com

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A Glossy Red tray

“A shiny scarlet tray is a can’t-miss classic, like red lipstick: It’s always right, whether you’re wearing it with jeans or a little black dress. In melamine, this wipe-clean version is a smart choice on a nightstand or a coffee table.” —Kate Doherty, market director. MeeMe 19 1/2" x 11 1/2" melamine tray, $20, zak.com

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A White Slipcovered Sofa

“Since they’re a total blank canvas, white sofas adapt to any decor, but this version is also real-life practical. It’s comfy and not too pricey, and the machine-washable slipcover makes it kid-friendly.” —Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper. Ektorp cotton sofa, $399, ikea.com

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One of the trademark aspects of a café-style kitchen is the seating. For your café kitchen table, consider chairs that emulate the style of those you'd find in a traditional café — these will often feature seat and seatback cushions, as well as armrests, the better to rest a coffee-laden arm on while you leaf through the paper (physical or digital, whichever you prefer).

In addition to an eat-in style table in your café kitchen, you may consider banquet seating at a café-style bar, countertop or kitchen island. Seating for these features often comes in the form of barstool or high café-style chairs, convenient for adding when you have a preponderance of guests, and removing when you need room for cooking, food preparation or cleaning.

Another common decoration in café-style kitchens is the under-sink curtain. Convenient for disguising pipes or storage areas underneath your sink, under-sink curtains give you an opportunity to add color and visual interest to your kitchen design. Floral or plaid patterns or solids in bold colors can liven up your in-home café tremendously — and in a pinch, the curtains can even be used as an impromptu dishrag. Other fabrics are also commonly deployed to great effect in café-style kitchens, with curtains, tablecloths and pillows featured to add the same type of functional and stylistic benefits.

Café kitchen decorating doesn't have to be limited to accessories and fabrics, though — shelving is an aspect of the design that's core to the kitchen's appearance and function, but it can also contribute mightily to the decor approach. In café kitchens, shelving is often left open, a technique that allows cookware, glassware and dishes to be exposed. This serves a dual purpose — stylistic and decorative, because you'll have the opportunity to show off your favorite pieces—and functional, because you'll be able to reach up and grab them without the extra step of opening a door. As a related approach, many café kitchens will feature hanging ceramics, cookware or dishware — coffee cups hanging from a series of hooks, or pots and pans strategically arranged on a pegboard behind the sink are a common sight.

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